The Ninth Circuit today ordered a district court to grant a preliminary injunction barring the logging of "live" trees bigger than 21 inches in diameter at breast height in the Umatilla National Forest. The court held that the National Forest Service’s plan to sell logging rights after the "School Fire" of August 2005 violated the National Forest Management Act. The district court previously denied the application of environmental organizations for a preliminary injunction. The Lands Council v. Martin, No. 06-35781 (9th Cir. Mar. 2, 2007).
Bee gotta buzz, bird gotta sing — and trees gotta grow.